It’s late-ish on a Monday night, a school/work night, and I’ve just attended a union meeting on Zoom, so I’m pretty tired, but I wanted to write a quick post about a book I finished on Saturday. I finished reading Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens, a book that has come highly recommended by a number of very different people I know. It is the book that we will be discussing on Saturday at my book club meeting, and I have to say that I was very unimpressed. I think there must be something wrong… no, not wrong, just different… about my book tastes, because I rarely enjoy the books that “everyone” is raving about, books that are being made into movies, etc. I don’t know why that is, what I look for and appreciate in books that seem to be missing in these stories, but it happens regularly enough that I’ve begun to wonder why my reading tastes are so much different than those of the majority of other readers. In case you don’t know what this book is about, in case you missed the movie trailers, this novel focuses on Kya, a girl who basically raised herself in the marshes of New Orleans in the 1950s and 1960s. A death occurred in 1969, and we read about Kya’s early life and how she grew up, supporting and educating herself while being shunned by the nearby town and labeled the March Girl. I don’t want to give anything away, but you can probably guess what happens with Kya and how she might be associated with the events in 1969. I guess I didn’t enjoy being inside Kya’s head so much and living her lonely, isolated life on the marsh. I found the writing somewhat uneven, and the characters and storylines not at all credible. But I can believe that it would make an interesting, suspenseful movie! Anyway, I’m curious to hear what my book club members have to say about it and will update you next week.
Have a good night!